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sulfuric acid

noun, Chemistry
a clear, colorless to brownish, dense, oily, corrosive, water-miscible liquid, H 2 SO 4 , usually produced from sulfur dioxide: used chiefly in the manufacture of fertilizers, chemicals, explosives, and dyestuffs and in petroleum refining.
Also called oil of vitriol.
Origin of sulfuric acid
1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sulfur dioxide combines with water vapor to form sulfuric acid particles that scatter, reflect, and absorb sunlight.
  • Since the particles are chemically alkaline, they may dilute sulfuric acid-a major component of acid rain.
  • Also called sulfuric acid block apartment: noun: tall building with many residences and sometimes offices.
  • Producers add sulfuric acid to form phosphoric acid, which is later converted to ammonium phosphate.
  • Sulfur dioxide turns into sulfuric acid which is hazardous to health.
  • The reaction converts the pollutants into nitric acid and sulfuric acid, which collect on the surface of the panel.
  • The sulfuric acid they excrete gnaws away at the cave's limestone walls much faster than water alone would.
  • And sulfur dioxide extracted from the coal will be converted into sulfuric acid and sold as well.
  • However, they do reveal sulfuric acid, an integral component of volcanic eruptions.
  • Dutch television said the spray was sulfuric acid, but museum officials would not confirm the report.
sulfuric acid in Medicine

sulfuric acid sul·fu·ric acid (sŭl-fyur'ĭk)
A colorless, nearly odorless, corrosive liquid that is used occasionally as a caustic. Also called vitriol.

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sulfuric acid in Science
sulfuric acid  
A strong corrosive acid. It combines very easily with water, making it a good drying agent. Sulfuric acid is the most widely used acid in industry. It is used to make detergents, dyes, drugs, explosives, pigments, fertilizers, and many other products. It is also the acid in lead-acid electric batteries. Chemical formula: H2SO4.
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